ARMY SUGGESTION PROGRAM

Wednesday April 13, 2005

The Employee Involvement Association (EIA) presented the EIA Anniversary Award to the Army Suggestion Program last year in recognition of the Army's long-term commitment to this valuable program.

The Army participates in the Employee Involvement Association to continuously "benchmark" its suggestion program. The EIA is a non-profit service organization composed of members from the public and private sectors dedicated to the worth, contributions and benefits of employee suggestion systems and other employee involvement processes.

In FY03, the Army Suggestion Program:

- Received 2,301 suggestions

- Adopted 622

- Saved the Army an estimated $13.3M

- Awarded $116,000 to those who made suggestions

To submit your ideas and perhaps earn a cash award, log onto the Army Suggestion Program's website at https://armysuggestions.army.mil/services/asp/asp_home.cfm.
You will need your AKO user name and password.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

The United States Army Home Page, www.Army.mil, continues to add media-rich content. One recent addition is the Professional Video Collection. This one-stop location allows viewers to find engaging and topic-specific video productions that best portray current Army initiatives. The site is arranged alphabetically and is at the viewers disposal as a research archive. The Army web team will continue to populate the site as more videos become available. (Link)

Watch the TRADOC Future Center Briefing The Army Modular Force, a new addition to the Army.mil Web special on Future Combat Systems (FCS).

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Amputee achieves goal: Returns to Iraq (AFIS)
  • Interactive simulation trains officers for Iraq (WP | EB)
  • QDR not giving enough attention to Army force size (DD/EB)
  • Witness says Sgt. admitted to attacking unit (FO | EB)
  • Guardsmen fighting for old jobs (RTD | EB)
  • Graner gives investigators statement on prison misconduct (WT | EB)
  • Kennedy Center concert marks the end of an era for Army Band commander (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Bush thanks Fort Hood troops, families for war sacrifices (AFIS)
  • Bush, Rumsfeld thank troops for service (USAT/EB)
  • Rumsfeld visits U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan (NYT | EB)
  • Rumsfeld talks in Iraq filled with optimism and warnings (NYT | EB)
  • Rumsfeld urges caution in forming Iraqi government (WSJ/EB)
  • Sec Def asks Iraqi leaders not to purge security forces (WP | EB)
  • U.S. forces rebuild local police in Mosul (WT | EB)
  • Coalition raids arms smugglers near Syria (USAT/EB)
  • Poland expects to withdraw troops from Iraq by December (IHT | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Pentagon restructuring forces in Europe (NJCD/EB)
  • Grone: BRAC 2005 important for many reasons (AFIS)
  • Installations transforming to support joint warfighting needs (AFIS)
  • Sustainability of installations and environment key to readiness (AFIS)
  • GAO praises Defense Personnel System (GE | EB)
  • Pentagon advisory panel evaluating nuclear arsenal (ID/EB)
  • Veterans' health care bill defeated (WP | EB)
  • Three men indicted on East Coast terrorism plot (NYT | EB)
  • U.N. nuclear chief says N. Korea is more immediate threat than Iran (USAT | EB)
  • Sharon asks Bush to increase pressure on Iran to end nuclear program (NYT | EB)
  • U.S., Colombia will continue pressure on narcoterrorists (AFIS)
  • Venezuelan militia prepare to defend against presumed U.S. invasion (MH | EB)
  • "Educate the military" -- Opinion (WT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Air attack kills many Iraqis (Aljazeera)
  • Saudi Arabia reconfirms commitment to fighting terrorism (Arab News)
  • Iraq seeks end to Saddam-era U.N. resolutions (Jordan Times)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Sixty years ago, American soldiers liberated the German people from the tyranny of World War II. Today another generation of American soldiers have given the Iraqi and Afghan people a birth of freedom. (Story)

Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

(In an address to Soldiers of the 3rd ID, in Iraq, Apr. 12, Secretary Rumsfeld echoed the comments of Ms. Birgit Smith, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith (see Medal of Honor).)

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